Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 11, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] What starts out as an informative documentary - about an intriguing Serbian performance artist who has pushed the boundaries of her art for more than four decades - digresses into a stale exercise in futility.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
June 11, 2012
...a competent exploration of Abramovic's methods that's also disappointing for the same reason.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
June 12, 2012
She's trying to access a shared humanity, to foster an unusual intimacy with viewers-to strip herself, often literally, to a naked and undeniable truth.
Davina Quinlivan
Little White Lies
July 5, 2012
Abramovic is nothing less than magnetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 15, 2012
The second half offers shot after shot of the people who sat opposite Abramovi - an unexpectedly enthralling record of reactions that range from stark agony to rather phony amusement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 6, 2012
Thanks largely to the engaging nature of its protagonist, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present stands up as one of the most diverting documentaries to hit the big screen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
June 14, 2012
The real stars turn out to be the audience, whose natural, unguarded reactions to Abramovic give this film a transcendent, luminous and ultimately life-affirming quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
June 9, 2012
As entertaining as the doc is, it never really measures up to the fascination and sheer force of personality of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
July 9, 2012
If you have been looking for the natural meeting place of Jafar Panahi's document of life under house arrest This is Not a Film and Justin Bieber's popumentary Never Say Never, look no further.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
It's a shame that the people who really need to see Matthew Akers' transfixing debut documentary, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, won't go near it.
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
June 29, 2012
If you're sceptical about performance art, this might just change your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 15, 2012
A wildly entertaining and provocative about a bold, honest and charismatic artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
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Sebastian Smee
Boston Globe
September 6, 2012
"She's never not performing," says one friend. And the documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," confirms it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Victoria Alexander
Film Festival Today
June 26, 2012
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Yes, Abramovic is a seductress.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 14, 2012
When director Matthew Akers is able to make Abramovic's titular 2010 MoMA exhibition - featuring anonymous, silent, face-to-face sit-downs - undeniably moving, something is obviously working.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Merin
About.com
June 11, 2012
Chronicling performance artist Marina Abramovic's solo show at NYC's Museum of Modern Art, the film doesn't quite capture the force of Marina's personality, nor does it explain why she's become a contemporary cultural icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 5, 2012
Here, you start to feel, is commodified culture at work in its capital city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Orange
Movieline
June 14, 2012
The picture gives a sense of life's fragments aligning, finally, to form a coherent story.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 5, 2012
Abramovic is raw and likeable, if mostly inscrutable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
June 13, 2012
How do you react when you walk through an entryway between a naked man and woman standing less than a foot a part ... and where do you put your hands?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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